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interpretation allows the reader to think in such a way that others may not think of. This search for deeper meaning is essential to literature, because it adds variance and diversity to the interpretations. Anne Bradstreet’s poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” is capable of being interpreted in more than one way. This ambiguity allows the reader to understand the poem on the surface, and on a deeper level as well. The surface interpretation seems to be a sincere love poem written from a loving wife to her husband. This literal perception makes the poem quite clear, as well as portraying an image of true love. This interpretation is supported throughout the poem with the use of metaphors and certain passages. The second main understanding is that Bradstreet wrote this poem

with an ironic tone. It can be interpreted that she was not truly in love and she was writing this poem as a complaint about her relationship. The justification for this theory is found with careful analysis of the poem’s hidden metaphors, and hints used by Bradstreet. The Puritan times were an influence in interpreting the poem both on the literal and profound levels. Anne Bradstreet’s poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” can be understood literally, or it can be taken deeper, and be perceived differently with tactful analysis. The ability to understand literature in great depth is significant. It is important to probe deeper in order to gain a new perspective.